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his hand, and touched the flejh and the unleavened cakes: And there rose up fire out of the rock, and consumed the fiejh and the unleavened cakes. 1 Sam. And we read that Samuel took a sucking

lamb and offered it for a burnt-offering •wholly unto the Lord: And Samuel cried unto the Loud for Israel, and the Lord lb-x-8, heard him. Again, he tells Saul, 'Thou shall go down before me to Gilgal, and behold I will come down unto thee, to offer burnt-offerings, and to sacrifice sacrifices of peace-offerings. At which Time, we find that Saul, impatient of tarrying any longer for Samuel, resolves to sacrifice without him, and says, Bring hither a burntoffering to me, and peace-offerings. For ib. xiii. 9. which he afterwards endeavours to excuse ''himself to Samuel, by saying, Because thou camejl not within the days appointed, therefore, said I, the Philistines will come down now upon me to Gilgal, and I have not made supplication unto the Lordj /forced my self therefore, and offered a burnt-offering. And when David was ordering the a Sam. Ark to be brought to Mount Sion, from vi. 13,17. the House of Obed-Edom, when they that

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bare the ark of the Lord, had gone fix paces, be sacrificed oxen and fat lings. And, as soon as he had placed it in the tabernacle that he had pitched for it, he offered burnt-off rings and peace-offerings before the Lord. Also, in the Threshing-floor of Oman the Jebufite, he built an altar, and i Chron. offer'd burnt-offerings and peace-offerings, jj^xxfx And, at his resigning the Crown to Solo- »i. mon, we read of his making a most pompous Offering.

Solomon, after God's gracious Promises to him, offer 'd up burnt-offerings and peace- i Kings offerings. And, after he had built the 2Sm Temple, it is said, Three times in a year did Solomon offer burnt-offerings and peaceofferings upon the altar 'which he had built unto the Lord.

And when Ahaz, one of the Kings of fudah, had caus'd a new Altar to be built after the Fashion of one he had seen at Damascus, we are told, he offered thereon; And he burnt his burnt-offering, and his 2J^m® meat-offering, and poured his drink-offering, and sprinkled the blood of his peace-offerings upon the altar. And king Ahaz commanded Urijah the Priefi, faying, upon the great

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altar burn the morning burnt-offering, and the evening meat-offering, and the king's burnt-sacrifice and his meat offering, with the burntoffering of all the people of the land, and their meat-offering, and their drink-offerings, and sprinkle upon it all the blood of the burnt-offering, and all the blood of 'thesacrifice\

And Hezekiah, aster he had sanctified 2 Chron. the House of the Lord, gathered the ruxxix-.ii-krsofthe city, and commanded the Prie/ts to offer seven bullocks, and seven rams, and seven lambs, and seven he-goats, for a finoffering for the kingdom, and for the sanctuary, and for Judahj and they sprinkled the blood upon the altar. And they brought forth the he-goats for the sin-offering, before the king and the congregation, and they laid their hands upon them. And the Priests killed them, and they made reconciliation with their blood upon the altar, to make an atonement for all Israel. And, at the Dedication os the second Temple, we read that they offer d an hundred bullocks, two Ezra vi. hundred rams, four hundred lambs; and for a fin-offering for all Israel, twelve he-goats. There are more of these Sacrifices mentions in the historical Books of the

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Scripture, as likewise in the Psalms and the Prophets; too many to be transferr'd into thrtP Treatise. What we have produced may suffice to (hew how much of the yewijh Religion consisted in them; and how pompously they were solemniz'd upon extraordinary Occasions. That the Observance of them was prescrib'd to them by God himself; and was what they always thought themselves bound to as long as they had Liberty and Power of so doing.

SECT. XIV.

Sacrifices, only a Toleration.

But, after all, by the Light of the Gojpel since reveal'd to us, we are well aflbr'd that these carnal Ordinances were not so properly an Establishment, as a Toleration. The Times, in which they were conniv'd at,

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were Times of gross Ignorance; and the xvj People, to whom they were indulg'd, hard- 3°hearted, stiffnecked, and perverse to a high Degree. Yet, as they were the Posterity of Abraham, and several other worthy Patriarchs of old, who in the main, had led their Lives in such a manner as to

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please God j and because, the scanty Proportion of true Religion then existing in the World was no where so great as among the Tribes of Israel j as likewise, because out of them, God had resolv'd the Messiah, the Saviour of the World, should in the Fulness of Time be born: Therefore, he vouchsafed so far, to bear with their Infirmities, as to permit them to worship him, after the prevailing Custom of the World by sacrificing Beasts to him. Since this might help, in some measure, to kindle reverential Thoughts of the supreme Deity in their Minds; and thereby inflame them with an ardent Desire to render themselves acceptable to Him, by an Imitation of that Purity which they knew must be inseparable from him. And especially since these Sacrifices were so contriv'd, that they should be significant towards Man's eternal Salvation, by typically representing that glorious and satisfactory Sacrifice which C H K i s T, in his own Person, would one day make, for the Sins of the whole World. And moreover, as they had been always us'd by their Forefathers, and they saw were still us'd by all the Nations round

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